Stefanie Watson murder case topic of Laurel Historical Society program

A blog post about Laurel in the 1980s is credited with helping crack a 30-year-old murder case

As part of its series of programs based on the current exhibit at the Laurel Museum, "Ripped from the Headlines: Laurel in the News," the Laurel Historical Society is sponsoring a talk by blogger Richard Friend on how the 1982 murder investigation of Stefanie Watson in Laurel was finally closed.

Friend's 2012 blog post recalling living in Laurel at the time Watson was killed is credited with prompting Prince George's County cold case detectives to re-examine the 30-year-old unsolved murder of Watson, who disappeared July 22, 1982, and whose partial remains were found six weeks later.

In June 2013, county police charged John Ernest Walsh, 68 and already incarcerated for another crime, with first degree murder in connection with Watson's death after his DNA was matched with DNA taken from Watson's car.

The Historical Society's free program is Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Police Department's Partnership Activity Center, 811 Fifth St.

News coverage of the Stefanie Watson case is included in the Laurel Museum's current exhibit. which runs through Dec. 21.

The Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., is open Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.

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